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We were driving home from Port Richey and stopped for dinner at Estela’s.  Since it was St Patrick’s Day, they started us out with some green chips and salsa.

Loren ordered the fajita dinner special.

There was a mound of food on the plate.  He said it was pretty tasty and had lots of leftovers for tomorrow.  I ordered the chimichangas.

The dish comes with one beef and one chicken chimi over some of their jalepeno cheese sauce.  The cheese sauce was spicy!  Both of the chimichangas had some good flavors going on. 

Between the mariachi band, a couple of big groups,  the high ceiling, and tile floors, the place was really loud.  It was difficult trying to hold a conversation.  The service wasn’t that great.  Loren’s drink was empty for a while and we finally had to ask another waitress to see if she could find our waitress so we could get a box and our check.   We definitely got a lot of food for $22 though.

Estela’s
7041 US Hwy 19
New Port Richey, FL
727-846-0800

Estelas Mexican on Urbanspoon

Food4/5
Service2/5
Atmosphere2/5
Value4/5
3.1/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican
  • When we just want a quick, inexpensive meal, we have a few restaurants on our short list.  Poblano’s is one of them and that’s where we went tonight.  They weren’t too busy, in fact they had half of the restaurant closed off for the evening.

    Loren said the salsa was better this time.  A bit fresher with more chunks of tomato.  He ordered the burritos tipico with the cheese sauce on the side, so I ended up dipping some chips in it. 

    That’s a whole lot of refried beans on that plate.  He said the burritos were ok, nothing special, but for $9, they satisfied his hunger.   As for me, someday, I will learn to not order shrimp at a non-seafood restaurant.

    In my defense though, the last time I ordered the shrimp chimichanga here, it was pretty good.  This time, the shrimp had a definite frozen taste.  There’s a right way and a wrong way to defrost shrimp.  They failed miserably this time.

    Our server wasn’t great either.  He’d disappear for long periods of time and there was something about him that I just didn’t like.  I can’t put my finger on it, but he just didn’t impress.  Total bill was $24 with a drink.

    Poblanos Mexican Grill
    245 McMullen Booth Road
    Clearwater, FL
    727-796-7080

    Poblano Mexican Grill and Bar on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican
  • We ate dinner at Hacienda Mexican Grill over on Drew Street tonight.  It wasn’t very busy for a Friday night, but I’m all for not having to wait for a table.

    They started us off with some chips and salsa.

    Loren said the salsa tasted very fresh, though it wasn’t very spicy at all.  He ordered the carnitas.

    He really enjoyed the dish.  Said everything tasted very fresh and flavorful.  The pork was very tender.  The guacamole had a little kick to it.  The rice and beans were standard fare.

    I ordered the shrimp chimichanga.

    It was rather disappointing.  The shrimp tasted as though they had been frozen and quickly defrosted.  They just had a taste to them that was not fresh and flavorful.  Definitely not good eats.  

    They had live music tonight, but I’m never sure what the proper etiquette is when they come to your table and play.  Should you let your food get cold while you watch and listen or is considered rude to continue eating?  Don’t get wrong, they were very good, but I’d just rather not have them focus directly on our table while we’re eating.  

    Total bill was $24. 

    Hacienda Mexican Grill
    2551 Drew St, Ste 104
    Clearwater, FL
    727-286-6113

    La Hacienda Mexican Grill on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Mexican
  • Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant recently opened up in the space that was once Albertos and then Lonzalos in Oldsmar.  I am so happy now to have a Mexican restaurant close to work. 

    The menu had the typical fare with lunch specials under $10.  I went for the shrimp chimichanga which came with rice and beans.

    I enjoyed it.  It could have been fried a little longer to make it crispier, but the filling was very tasty.  It was covered with a white cheese sauce and all mixed together made for a tasty lunch.   I forgot to get a photo of my friend’s lunch.  She got a combo with a soft taco and chile relleno.  She said they tasted good, but didn’t realize the chile relleno had meat as well as cheese in it.  She thought it would just be cheese.  She also said the salsa was good.

    The service wasn’t that great though.  Our waiter spoke very softly, so it was difficult to understand him and once he dropped off our food, we didn’t see him again until we were finished.  Total was just under $10.  I’ll definitely be back to try some of the other dishes.

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant
    3970 Tampa Road
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-749-7159

    Salsas Mexican Restaurant on Urbanspoon

    Food4/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value4/5
    3.3/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, Oldsmar
  • Heading out to Tampa tonight to see the musical “Dreamgirls” and stopped at Guadalajara Mexican restaurant for dinner. 

    Loren likes their chips and salsa.

    He got the chicken fajitas which came with rice and beans.

    He said it was pretty good.  I ordered a chicken chimichanga.

    It suffered the fate of so many chimichangas and wasn’t crispy at all.  Otherwise, though, the flavor was good.   The service was somewhat non-existent.  After our waitress brought our food, we didn’t see her again until we were finished.  Total bill was $28.

    Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant
    4502 W Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL
    813-879-4096

    Guadalajara Mexican on Urbanspoon

    Food3/5
    Service2/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    2.7/5
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  • Filed under: Mexican, Tampa